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Torn ACL ends another former Boise State player’s season in training camp

Former Boise State safety Chanceller James is seen during the 49ers’ game against the Chiefs on Saturday.
Former Boise State safety Chanceller James is seen during the 49ers’ game against the Chiefs on Saturday.

It has not been an overly positive NFL training camp season for quite a few of the 24 former Boise State football players on rosters. The latest came Monday morning.

San Francisco 49ers rookie safety Chanceller James suffered a torn ACL on Saturday night against the Chiefs, ending his season early. James had been performing well as an undrafted free agent, one of just three players out of 56 who were signed out of a rookie tryout in May.

This is the third torn ACL in recent years for James, who lost two seasons to the injuries while at Boise State, using his redshirt in 2012 as a true freshman and missing all of 2013. He led Boise State with three interceptions last season after an offseason incident in which a portion of his ear was bitten off in an altercation with a teammate.

The injury prompted the 49ers to put him on waivers. If no team claims him, he will be put on San Francisco’s injured reserve list.

James’ injury is the latest in a litany of injuries for former Boise State players this summer.

▪  Defensive lineman Billy Winn also suffered a torn ACL and will miss the season for the Denver Broncos.

▪  Buccaneers receiver Thomas Sperbeck was waived after a hamstring injury.

▪  Bengals safety George Iloka injured his knee and will miss up to a month.

▪  Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford injured an ankle that may keep him out the rest of training camp.

▪  Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi took part in padded drills Sunday for the first time in two weeks after a concussion.

▪  Bills linebacker Tanner Vallejo left Buffalo’s preseason game Thursday against Minnesota with a shoulder injury.

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